EEMI Conducts Seminar on Carbon Trading in China

Speakers and organizers of the August 2016 symposium on “China’s National Carbon Trading System."
Speakers and organizers of the August 2016 symposium on “China’s National Carbon Trading System” hosted by GWU’s Environmental and Energy Management Institute and the International Fund for China's Environment.
November 04, 2016

On August 22, 2016, the Environmental and Energy Management Institute (EEMI) conducted a symposium on “China's National Carbon Trading System.” The event, held in the Lehman Auditorium of the Science and Engineering Hall, featured several distinguished experts of that topic, including Mr. Mei Dewen, President of the Beijing Environmental Exchange, and Dr. Ping He, President of the International Fund for China's Environment.

The symposium was co-hosted by the International Fund for China's Environment.

The China Beijing Environment Exchange (CBEEX) was founded on August 5, 2008. It was established with the approval of the Beijing municipal government as one of seven municipal and provincial carbon trading markets as pilots for a Chinese national carbon trading market to prepare for implementation of the worldwide Paris Agreement of 2016, which has been signed by 186 countries of the world.

The CBEEX is a professional market platform for trading various environment equities with registered capital of 200,000,000RMB. It is an operational organization for open and centralized transaction of environment equity, established by China Beijing Equity Exchange (CBEX), CNOOC Energy development Co. Ltd, China Guodian Corp. and China Everbright Investment Management Corp, SINOPEC, China Energy Conservation and Environment Protection Group, An Steel Group. CBEEX is a public platform using economic measures to address environmental issues.

Through its advanced transaction system and extensive network of membership and partnership, CBEEX seeks to realize optimization of resource allocation, minimization of pollution abatement cost and transaction cost, and cost-effectiveness of environmental governance. CBEEX takes the development of resource-saving and environment-friendly society as its primary responsibility, and contributes to the realization of sustainable development through financial innovation.

Mr. Mei, the current President of CBEEX, holds an MBA degree from Peking University and a Master of Finance from New York Fordham University. He also serves as the Chairman of Beijing Green Finance Association, the Deputy Director of the China Low Carbon Development Research Center of Peking University, Secretary General of China Environmental Cooperation (SAARC) trade agency, Council member of China Investment Association, and Council member of the China Economic System Reform Research Association.

Mr. Mei formerly was the deputy director of the investment and financing center, Beijing Equity Exchange; General Manager of government business unit, Beijing Equity Exchange; Deputy General Manager of the Beijing Environment Exchange (presiding). He has chaired and participated in the development of China's first voluntary emission reduction (VER) standard - the Panda Standard, Eye in the sky greenhouse gas emissions inventory system, Chinese ecological compensation program registration system, and the China Low Carbon Index.

Dr. Ping He is the founding president of the International Fund for China’s Environment (IFCE). He has coordinated IFCE’s activities in public relation, fundraising and project development since 1996. He has developed cooperative relationship with international environmental and conservation organizations and programs, US and Chinese governmental agencies, NGOs and the private sectors. He developed numerous projects in environmental NGO support, US-China technological exchanges, policy advising and public education in China.

Dr. He launched the bi-annual NGO Forums on International Environmental Cooperation in China in 1999 and chaired the five forums since then. The Forum became a major platform for Chinese NGOs on capacity building, information exchanges and developing partnerships with international NGOs and agencies. Hundreds of NGO and student leaders in China have been trained through this forum series.

He received his Ph.D. in Civil and Environmental Engineering in 1995, and M.S. in Environmental Monitoring in 1988 from the University of Wisconsin-Madison. He received his B.S. in Surveying Engineering, Wuhan University of Surveying and Mapping, China in 1982. Presently, he is also a guest professor at IES Abroad/Beijing Foreign Studies University and Southwest University of China. He serves as Vice Chairman for China Society, Board Director for the Worldwatch Institute and Overseas Representative of Chinese People’s Political Consultative Conference.